This past Saturday, 24 teams from 10 schools gathered at Wallenpaupack Area High School to face off on IS-173A. An exciting day saw GPQB’s #8 team in the midseason poll emerge victorious, while teams throughout the brackets put in solid performances.
The tournament was won by Delaware Valley A, who came out on top through the strength of another well-rounded team performance. Three players, Colin Kawan-Hemler, Frani King, and Abhay Byadgi, all finished above 40 points per game for Pennsylvania’s top contenders from the northeast. They were never seriously threatened after a close morning loss, 310-300, to Wallenpaupack A, who showed evidence of their improvement through the course of the year by making the championship bracket and finishing 6-3 on the day. Great Valley A, made up of players more often seen on the school’s B team, showed off their program’s depth by going 8-1, with their only loss coming in the finals to DV A. Anshu Nunemunthala and John Li each finished with around 43 PPG, and their teammates Rishi Raman and Dan Milani also added strong contributions.
Also in the top bracket was Ithaca A, who took third place, and Lakeland, who finished fourth. Michael Goerlitz was quite impressive on the day for Lakeland, claiming top scorer honors far and away with 125.56 PPG. This is a team that seems poised for a nice run in the traditional public school division at SSNCT, coming up in April. B teams from Delaware Valley, Great Valley, and Ithaca rounded out the championship brackets, providing further examples of the depth important to sustaining top programs.
The consolation brackets included several more teams from the schools previously mentioned. Some strong efforts of note include Tom Lane’s 47.06 PPG for Wallenpaupack C, Tyler Yang tallying 46.11 PPG for Great Valley C, and Anthony Ioppolo scoring 45.00 PPG for Wallenpaupack C. Moravian A also had a nice outing, finishing 6-3 in the second tier of brackets behind 41.67 PPG from lead scorer Alex Adams, while Berwick (who are hosting a tournament on April 14) notched some wins as well. It was also nice to see new schools Riverside and Montgomery joining in on the fun, and we hope to see them again at future tournaments! Overall, kudos to Coach Neenan and Wallenpaupack for running an excellent event and continuing to aid in the development of quizbowl in northeastern Pennsylvania!